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980 Ti Classified vs. 1080 FE

Poll Results: Which card would you keep?

Poll expired: Jun 5, 2016  
  • 25% (5)
    EVGA 980 Ti Classified
  • 75% (15)
    EVGA 1080 Founder's Edition
20 Total Votes  
post #1 of 34
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First of all, I'm sure the information I'm asking for is out there but with the sheer amount of 1080 talk going on right now I am having trouble sifting through it.

I have a unique situation. Without boring everyone with the details, I recently purchased as 980 Ti Classified and have been using it to drive my Predator X34 (21:9, 3440x1440). I was at the store on some other business and learned that they had a few 1080 FE in stock so I picked one up.

I can return either card for a full refund. To keep it simple, let's say there is no cost advantage one way or the other.

On the one hand, the Classified is a top-end AIB card from a trusted vendor. It seems to run well and the ACX cooler keeps things nice and quiet.

On the other hand, the 1080 is the more powerful card but how much more powerful?

I've also seen some information that the blower cooler on the FE cards is not quite up to task and could ultimately result in throttling. Is that true of a non-overclocked example as well?
post #2 of 34
I have no technical data to back up my opinion but if it were me I would keep thr 1080. Even if it's only 5% it's still faster, and will have better long term resell value I think.
 
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Assuming cost is the same, 1080 without question but if it was me, I'd return the 980ti and wait for AIB 1080s.
 
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post #4 of 34
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Originally Posted by Inglewood78 View Post

Assuming cost is the same, 1080 without question but if it was me, I'd return the 980ti and wait for AIB 1080s.

My original plan was to stick with the 980 Ti until aftermarket 1080 Ti became available but I had a moment of weakness and bought the 1080 FE anyway....

The only other card I have available to me is a 750 Ti and that's way out of its league to drive my screen.
post #5 of 34
I'm going the upgrade from a 980 ti FTW to a 1080ti FTW route. How about them apples?
post #6 of 34
Out of curiosity, what were you using before you bought the two cards? I only ask because in your situation I'd probably return both, then buy something a month from now to save a few bucks. That'd only work if you had something to get you by in the meantime though.

If you're sticking with one or the other I'd go with the following logic:

1. If you only want a single card, stick with the 1080
2. If you're open to SLI in the future, I'd stick with the 980ti and watch for a matching used one at a good price.
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post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by Tosagun View Post

I'm going the upgrade from a 980 ti FTW to a 1080ti FTW route. How about them apples?

Sounds like a solid plan to me.

Can anyone comment on the performance delta between an overclocked 980 Ti compared to a stock 1080? Are we talking 10% or more?
post #8 of 34
I'd return that Classified. Buying it now is kind of stupid considering the typical price drop that comes after the new gen comes.
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post #9 of 34
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Originally Posted by technodanvan View Post

Out of curiosity, what were you using before you bought the two cards? I only ask because in your situation I'd probably return both, then buy something a month from now to save a few bucks. That'd only work if you had something to get you by in the meantime though.

I was using a pair of reference 780 Ti in SLI to drive a 2560x1600 panel.

Recently I upgraded to an Acer X34 which the two 780's could drive so long as the game had good SLI support. As it turns out, the games I have been playing do not support SLI and a single 780 Ti just wasn't up to the task. To be honest, I've been keeping the notion of going to a single card setup in the back of my head for a while now so the recent chain of events was simply the catalyst to that.
post #10 of 34
In that case I suppose I'd stay with the 1080, assuming price isn't a major concern. smile.gif

I think it's a little silly to keep a 980ti at retail price right now, especially if your preference is for a single card.
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